DHS’s Response to COVID-19

DHS’s Response to COVID-19

Updates made as the situation evolves.

During this public health emergency, we want to make sure that our clients and providers across all of our programs have the latest information on what the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) is doing about coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as reliable, up-to-date information about how the virus is affecting the State. We want to assure you that providers are continuing to be paid for services, prior authorizations are being approved, applications and renewals are being processed, and services for clients will continue.

Medicaid Covers COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Protect yourself and your loved ones: Get the COVID vaccine when it is offered to you!

  • Getting the vaccine will help keep you healthy, and it is the best option for returning to normal.
  • Arkansas Medicaid covers the cost of the vaccine for Medicaid clients. You will be asked for your Medicaid card, but you will not be required to pay anything for the vaccine.
  • Even if you don’t have insurance, you can still get the vaccine at no cost to you. Learn more about who is paying for vaccines.
  • All Arkansans aged 12 years and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Find a pharmacy or a vaccine clinic near you to schedule your vaccine.
  • To learn more about the vaccines, check out these frequently asked questions from the Arkansas Department of Health.

COVID-19 Information & Screening

If you wonder if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, these options are available to help:

COVID-19 Direct Care Worker Payment

On April 15, 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson made an exciting announcement regarding payments to direct care workers work for long-term service and support (LTSS) providers. Since that announcement, DHS has gotten questions about those payments, and how direct care workers will get the payments. We have drafted a guidance document that steps providers through the process of submitting the forms to request those payments for their direct care workers. Please review this guidance, which includes links to forms you will need to submit, by clicking here

The Governor also announced that the Steering Committee has made direct care worker payments available for other providers that are not LTSS providers and for non-direct care LTSS and hospital workers. You can find information about those payments here.

We also have answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) questions we have gotten. You can read those FAQs here.

If you have more questions, please send them to DCWPquestions@dhs.arkansas.gov, and we will respond to them as soon as possible.

Other helpful online resources:

Childcare 

Tips for finding quality childcare – click here 

Food

If you don’t have enough food for the next couple of days, here are some resources to help: 

  • The Arkansas Food Bank: 501-565-8121 
  • Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance: 501-399-9999 or email info@arhungeralliance.org  
  • If you have school-age children at home, contact your local school district for their plan for students to get free breakfast and/or lunches  
  • DHS is expediting applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for people who have lost their income due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Apply for SNAP on access.arkansas.gov
  • WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) – Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children under age 5 may qualify if they live in Arkansas, have a nutritional need, and an income at or below WIC guidelines, or receive Medicaid, ARKids, TEA or SNAP. https://healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/wic

Unemployment 

Housing 

Little Rock Compassion Center
2618 W Roosevelt Rd 
Little Rock, AR 72204 
Office: 501-296-9114 
Website: lrcompassioncenter.org 
Our House Shelter
302 Roosevelt Rd 
Little Rock AR 72206 
Office: 501-374-7383 
Website: ourhouseshelter.org 
Union Rescue Mission
3001 Springer Blvd 
Little Rock AR 72206 
Office: 501-370-0808 
Website: urmissionlr.org 
Dorcas House
823 S Park St.
Little Rock AR 72202
Office: 501-374-4022
Website: urmissionlr.org 
Jericho Way Resource Center
3000 Springer BLVD 
Little Rock, AR 72206 
Office: 501-916-9859 
Email: mandy.davis@depaulusa.org 
St. Francis House
2701 S Elm St
Little Rock AR 72204 
Office: 501-664-5036 
Website: stfrancishouselr.org 

Under the CARES Act, DHS was provided more Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding to award to organizations that are addressing homelessness and helping those at risk of becoming homeless because of the pandemic. There are four program areas that organizations may be involved in:

  • Street Outreach: to engage those who are homeless and not staying in a shelter or other housing; 
  • Homelessness Prevention: offers rental assistance and other supports for those who are at risk of becoming homeless to allow them to stay in their homes or relocate;
  • Rapid Re-Housing: help finding and paying for housing for those who are homeless and case management during the transition to stability (may provide rental assistance);
  • Emergency Shelter: support for shelter operations along with critical services to shelter residents such as child care, skills training, and transportation assistance.

If you are an Arkansan who is at risk of being evicted or need help in getting into stable housing, the providers listed here by county offer the ESG Components of Rapid Re-Housing and Homelessness Prevention and may be able to offer rental assistance to help you stay in your home or move into an apartment. You must meet income and other eligibility requirements to qualify. To apply call or email the ESG Contact listed for the organizations serving your county.

Transportation 

Search for County-specific Resources:

https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/arworksresource

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